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Causes: Camps, Children & Youth, Protestant, Religion, Sports, Youth Development - Religious Leadership

Mission: To see students transformed by the saving work of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and through the centrality of this Gospel to disciple students in such a way that the power of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God will conform them to the image of Christ.

Results: Snowbird Outfitters, Inc. became an accredited member of Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) in April 2011. Snowbird Outfitters' programs have all seen an increase in booking through the years- Summer Camp, Fall and Spring Retreats, Ski Retreats, Marriage Retreats, Men's Retreats, the Outdoor Leadership and Discipleship School- summer and semester programs, and Snowbird Missions and Outreach- year round. The OLD School semester program received college accreditation through the Baptist College of Florida in 2009. In fall 2010, three OLD School semester students were the first students to utilize the program's college accreditation for credit hours. This fall, five of the 12 students are enrolled to take the semester for college credit.

Target demographics: Middle and high school students- youth groups, individuals, group homes, Christian school groups; adults- marriage retreats and men's retreat.

Geographic areas served: Generally the southeastern part of the U.S., but have had groups come from states well outside of the southeast

Programs: Summer youth campsnowbird outfitters offers ten weeks of summer camp where avery aspect of the camper experience is challenging and encouraging middle and high school students with the gospel of jesus christ. Each camp session runs monday through saturday and is packed full of high adventure recreation, gospel centered worship and teaching, bible teaching breakouts, and plenty of time to hang out together and consider their faithfulness in obedience to christ. You can do as little or as much recreation as you like, but since you only do this once a year, we remind you that you can always sleep when you get home. Total youth impacted for christ summer camp 2014: 3761

retreats and conferencesfor many student ministries the whole year resolves around summer camp and the affect that it makes on the group as a whole. Additionally, student pastors and leaders have a need for an outlet that will provide solidity and energy to what they are doing throughout the school year. Through a school year - year round camp of discipleship weekend, your students will be renewed and refreshed in their committment to jesus christ. We can build a program to fit whatever need you may have with the goal that you will dine. You know your students' spiritual needs. We want to use snowbird outfitters to get them there. Total adults and youth impacted for jesus christ through retreats and conferences: 3,003

outdoor leadershipoutdoor leadership is a semester long wilderness adventure discipleship program designed to foster a deeper relationship with jesus christ in the life of the students. Activities include hiking mountain passes, guiding class 4 rapids, everglade sea kayaking, rock climbing, and canoeing. Total students impacted for jesus christ through the outdoor leadership: 10

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm amazed by the positive & life changing impact Snowbird Outfitters, Inc. has had and continues to have on the lives of today's youth. Their love for Christ and commitment to confront students with the life-changing message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through teaching, recreation and personal relationships is unbelievable. Both my son and daughter attended camp this summer for the first time and I can say without reservation that they returned changed. They keep talking about their experiences and can't wait to return next summer. Thank You Snowbird for your commitment to Christ and obedience in serving him in the camp ministry.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My first experience with Snowbird was in 1998 when I volunteered for a week of land clearing and construction. I could sense right away that this place was marked by God and chosen for a special purpose. I continued going back each year to visit and volunteer, having just a small part in this great work always brought great encouragement to me. My volunteering eventually lead to being asked to serve as a board memeber. This new role has brought on new tasks and opportunities which are often very challenging but always worth it, it's been a great pleasure to serve and work alongside so many who are commited to Jesus Christ.

Looking back now I'm amazed to see and reflect on how God chose a few ordinary and faithful people, gave them an undevelped creek bottom and a vision for youth ministry and then worked faithfully through them to do such big things. AWESOME!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wildernes Outfitters continues to excel at impacting the lives of teenagers. Their dedicated staff creates environments where teenagers are challenged physically, mentally, and spiritually. They truly desire to relate to students on a one on one basis for development. I have never experienced an organization more able to remain passionate and intentional in developing today's teens.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Snowbird Outfitters is an incredible organization focused on challenging teenagers physically, spiritually, and in leadership. Snowbird has impressed me through its emphasis on relationships. It maintains a low, staff to client ratio which allows for more 1 on 1 mentoring to develop students. They also commit to maintaining these relationships through personal contact; email, facebook, texting, etc, well after your visit. This is well above the normal expectation for this type of organization.

I have attended many other youth development programs but none have provided such a wide array of opportunities to reach large numbers of students. Each student is at a different level of maturity, has different interests, and learns in different ways. Snowbird works hard to provide something for everyone to connect all students with an experience. Whether, high-adventure, relaxing times, recreation, drama, music, or teaching there is something for everyone. These are provided in a high-quality format which does not compromise the focus.

The most impacting thing about Snowbird Outfitters is the personal impact they have had on my family. My children love Snowbird and are even interested in becoming staff members there. Their counselors remain in contact with them, 3 years later, and have even invited them to weddings. I know that whatever has Snowbird's name attached will be quality, relational, and impacting.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been to Snowbird Wilderness two times as a chaperone with out church's youth group, and my husband has been twice as a chaperone. Snowbird is a wonderful place!!! The staff cares about each and every child, and the youth feel they are loved and valued. The youth make life-long friends with the staff and stay in touch. There is always plenty to do at Snowbird; they definitely keep you busy the whole time. The worship experience is awesome!!! You can definitely feel the God's presence at Snowbird! Many youth make the decision to follow Jesus Christ by going to Snowbird. I highly recommend Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters! I plan to chaperone again soon if I am able.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a great nonprofit organization for youth. The leaders and counselors take so much time with the kids to get to know them; they truly love each and every child who comes to these camps. My daughter is a special needs child who looks so forward to going to Snowbird each year. My daughter can be a handful because she gets so excited, but these counselors are wonderful with her. They are so patient and understanding, and my daughter feels loved and accepted. The leaders and counselors are sharing the love of Christ, and I know His love is in each and every one involved with Snowbird.

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Sarah2345678910

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been going to Snowbird since I was in youth (17 yrs old)...I am now a 31 year old youth pastors wife & youth leader :) There is no other camp like Snowbird. The staff are exceptional, they take the time to get to know our students and push them past their comfort zones and after the week is over still have an interest in their lives! It has become a sanctuary for our students who don't "fit" in like the rest of the kids and meets students right where they need it! I recommend Snowbird to every person inquiring about a place to go where God is made real, not only to students, but adult leaders as well :) Their t-shirts are pretty stinkin awesome too ;)

Client Served

Rating: 5

There staff is fantastic. They take time to know each and every person who comes through there doors, and remembers them when they come back. They live for Christ and don't just talk. They do exactly what they say they will. Brody Holloway is absolutly amazing and keeps everyone and everything fun and organized.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

thanks to brody and others at snowbird i have grown alot in my walk with Christ. and some of the things i once feared have left me. there outlook is awesome. i love that they support misssions 110%. LOVE U GUYS LOTS. Eric Crisp

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Alison T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Snowbird was AMAZING. God really spoke to me about the things I did and the way I was living my life. Deffinitly a life changing experience and I reccomend it for anyone who's up for a good time. (:

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird is honestly the most life changing experience I have ever gone through. The leaders there build relationships with every camper that come through the camp. As soon as my church arrived there we were greeted with smiles and met many leaders that would be with us the entire visit. They talked about our personal life our relationship with God and other things. They even sat with us at meals and got us over our fears of the different events available to enjoy at the camp. The messages were all relatable and they did many skits and amazing worship services! The Snowbird staff even visits our church atleast once a year to vivsit with our youth. My church has been going to this for camp for five years now. There is an activity for everyone there and after all these years i still enjoy every visit more and more

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have three children that have been involved with SWO. My two oldest sons have gone on to become preachers and my youngest daughter has spent the past four years at camp. She hopes to become a camp counselor this summer. Over the course of 20 years that I have raised my four children, this has been the best influence by far. I cannot express how much this organization means to my life and the life of my children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have went to Snow Bird summer camp for several years. It is the only camp I consider bring my students to. It is the most impactful camp when it comes to spiritual break through and disciplship. The leaders there are pasionate and genuinly love our students.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SnowBird is a wonderful christian camp that is a safe place for kids to get away from the stress of life and grow closer to Jesus. At Snowbird there is a wonderful staff that is always willing to help and it is a wonderful experience. Snowbird has lots of fun activities that you can participate in, and there is never a dull moment at SnowBird!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a leader among youth summer camps. I attended as a youth member in the late 90's and all I can say about my experience at Snowbird is wow. It's really amazing what God is doing there. They are changing lives of young men and women like I have never seen. My life was changed after a week there and I have never been the same. The staff work very close to the campers providing a fun atmosphere that glorifies God.

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Client Served

Rating: 4

I was a youth parent when I first attended summer camp with our church's youth group. This was before Snowbird even had real bathhouses-porta pottiess work but ugg. Anyway, the Bible studies, the lessons for the students were wonderful. The skits either crack you up or tear you up depending on their motive. My own children loved it. Once we were stuck in St. Maarten in the Carribean because a volcano had errupted and no planes could fly, but all my children could think about was that they were suppose to be at Camp Snowbird and they were missing it! Awesome leadership, sincere teachers of the word, and crazy fun is what I think of for Snowbird.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is an amazing adventure of many sorts. Each staff member truly cares about impacting the lives of every individual. They are exceptionally passionate about reaching out to kids and enriching their lives. The devotion of the staff and the excitement and enjoyment of the camp's activities are, without a doubt, a life changing experience.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have known about and been associated with Snowbird for about 10 years. My son has been there as a student volunteer and as a staff member .
I have been on campus many times at services and after services during "small group" times and watched as lives were literally changed including students and leaders'.
This is a "1st class' organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was able to partner with Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters in a ministry capacity last year to help make an eternal difference in the lives of junior high and high school students. I've never before partnered with a group of people who were more passionate about impacting students' lives than the staff at SWO.
Snowbird does a great job at providing high-impact outdoor recreation for students in a fun and crazy environment while simultaneously providing personal discipleship and spiritual guidance.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My three kids had all been campers for years at SWO. Then two years ago I was a chaperon for our church Youth group and I was able to see first hand why my kids were so impressed with the whole SWO experience. The staff and counselors are genuinely interested in sharing the love of Christ with each camper, and they go to great lengths in expressing that love.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Snowbird is an amazing camp that has impacted thousands of kids. They sacrifice so much to invest in the next generation. They make sure that each student is reached in one way or another.

Donor

Rating: 5

Snowbird Outfitters is a light in the Andrews community. The staff at Snowbird are known by all the highschool kids for their stand for Christ. Staff members are eagar to help any in capacity and always with a servants heart.

Snowbird has a very special place in my family's heart by being an inspiration to my two daughters!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been to Snowbird several times for summer camp and once during Spring Break to help with missions projects. I can honestly say that I've never been to a camp like Snowbird before. The sermons, music, recreational activities, opportunities for fellowship, relatable staff, and awesome skits create an atmosphere that campers thoroughly enjoy and desire to partipate in. Any person, no matter where he is in his walk with Christ, can grow from Snowbird in some way. The recreational activities inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and trust Christ to help me complete tasks that I was truly afraid of, such as the Goliath Swing. I also remember we paired up with someone we didn't know and shared our testimonies with that person. I have gone to church my whole life, but I don't think I'd ever actually shared my life story with anyone like that before.

Client Served

Rating: 4

I have visited Snowbird on one ocassion for a men's retreat and immediately made plans for my next trip, which is coming up on March 11, 2011. The facilities were very nice, the grounds were clean and beautiful. I received great spiritual encouragement anf have seven friends returning with me this year. The break out learning sessions and recreational events were extremely powerful and relaxing.
I would refer any of my friends or youth groups to this camp.

Matthew H.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

SWO is a great camp. The activities and recreation make this camp the most flexible and fun a student can have. The staff is what sets this camp apart from all other youth church camps. They hire a large staff to student ratio and that means that college students are trying to engage your students in conversation to help point them to Christ and help them understand the world from a Biblical perspecitve.

As a youth pastor I appreciate the logs that the staff fills out and the camp mails to me as a follow up. It helps me know understand and love my students even better.

Best youth camp I have ever been to!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Snowbird is definitely a doctrine centered ministry. Students leave after a week having learned so much about who Christ is and what it looks like to follow Him. They also leave having learned about what their own relationship with Christ looks like. All while keeping kids entertained with the high advnture recs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

SWO has truly impacted my life. I worked at SWO for several years and know quality of the people in leadership and the quality of the ministry that takes place at SWO.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is all about sharing the love of Jesus Christ with young people who need attention, understanding, love and a Savior. My daughter worked as a counselor there one summer and grew more spiritually and in compassion for others than she had in all of her previous years I believe. While ministering to others full-time, she gained a lifetime experience that set the stage for the remainder of her life.
Our entire family visited the camp and saw first hand the extreme challenges and offerings that are given to the campers. My son has just become a youth minister in Virginia and has as one of his goals to get his "city-grown" youth to experience the growing process at Snowbird - soon!
We praise the Lord that ordinary people like the creators of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters have granted extraordinary experiences to so many children.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got know Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters through my daughter who volunteered there for 2 years. I have had the opportunity to visit many times. I was truly amazed by the dedication of the staff and their families in serving the youth that attend there and to serving our Lord and Savior. The camp opens their beautiful camp grounds for so many to enjoy. The recreational activities are very adventurous and offer new experiences to many people, including myself. I am not usually one for much adventure, but was talked into riding their three man swing (which is a large, very high swing). I loved every min! The staff also does a wonderful job pouring their all into the worship, teaching, and making their skits very unique and powerful. Snowbird has definitely left a positive impression in my life and I have been able to see it positively affect others as well. Also, recently, I experienced a challenging time of illness. The staff and families at Snowbird supported me through love, prayers and encouraging notes and calls. Their care for me and my family truly meant a lot.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

SNOWBIRD has been an extraordinary blessing to me and to those I serve. By going above and beyond the call of duty to meet the needs of those they are serving, they have affectively raised the bar—setting a new high standard for how an organization should be run, and how people should be served. In ever aspect of their service, they have one simple and simultaneously daunting goal: Meet as many needs of as many people in as many ways as possible.
SNOWBIRD has been a vital part of what I do as a student pastor. They not only provide the students with top notch facilities and quality activities, but they make the planning process as stress free as possible. Taking students out of state is the most stressful part of my job, but my workers and I relish the times at SNOWBIRD. It is a time where we can be refreshed and connect with our students. Not enough can be said about SNOWBIRD WILDERNESS OUTFITTERS. It truly is a joy to spend time with people who not only love what they do, but that love the God and people they do it for. At SNOWBIRD everyone is family.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was a camp counselor for Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters the summer of 2008. I grew in my relationship with the Lord and I loved fellowshiping with other believers through worship. I enjoyed being around teenagers and being a mentor to them. SWO challenged me to grow spiritually to love others no matter what.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Attended a service that Brody Holloway spoke at and was blown away by his unyielding delivery of the Gospel. He is a great speaker with a true heart for God and the movement of the Gospel into the world.

Scott R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I have attended a couples weekend for the past three years and we absolutely love it. I am impressed with how the staff loves the Lord and it shows in everything they do. The teaching is biblical and practical for my marriage. The staff really cares about helping in every way for my marriage to work and go beyond. The atmosphere is wonderful and the sleeping arrangements are good too. We are well taken care of when if comes to food. I enjoy the skills/fun time with my wife. I feel safe and that they are competent in what they do. I can't wait to go back each year and take more people with us.

Tai L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fun place to learn and grow in Christ.

Filled with activities that challenge in levels and ways that are far from the norm.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been to SWO for the Couples Marriage retreat and also our son has been there for summer camp as well. SWO is such an inspiring place to be challenged in your faith to do real work for God and also a place for discipleship, education and growth in The Word.

We feel so blessed to have access to a place that is working for The Kingdom!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters for 5 years now. it is one of the best places I have ever been a part of. It has not only changed my life but many people involved in my every day life. It has started a ripple affect in my community like I have never seen before. It was at snowbird I choose my direction in life and the staff there helped me understand my purpose in life.
One thing I know that would make Snowbird a better place and camp, is if they had the money to pay staff members more. Also if it was possible to have more people in 1 summer then they have currently.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a tremendous camp and I am so grateful for them. I have been bringing students to Snowbird for over 10 years. In 12+ years of student ministry I have seen tons of camps and none really compare to Snowbird. This camp is filled with solid teaching, tons of recreation, and well trained staff. Students are able to easily find recreation that appeals to them, and staff that are able to relate to them no matter where they are in life. This camp also communicates and partners with churches like none I have ever seen. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a camp!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing experience! I will never forget the lessons I learned while there. Quite memorable and life changing.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Snowbird Outfitters is an exceptional, God-filled ministry reaching out to the hearts of pre-teens, teens, and young adults. They have every kind of activity you could want to have a fun-filled week of camp, but, more importantly, they have a staff called of God to share the Gospel and the life-changing hope of Jesus Christ.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our church's youth group got involed with SWO nearly 7 years ago, i think and it has changed many of their lives. I accuse my own sons of going to Mt. Sinai when they go to SWO because they come back with the radiance of the Lord. I think combining incredible sporting opportunities with intense Bible study and emphasis on personally knowing Christ is a genius idea. It is unique in drawing the male crowd which usually don't participate in typical "church camps." Keep up the wonderful work for the Kingdom, SWO.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird is the best place for young adults to create leadership and learn to walk with Jesus. I have been a guest at Snowbird several times and each time I come away witha renewed sense of Gods love for his creations. I recommend Snowbird to everyone!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has experienced SWO for two summers and both times came home hearing from the Lord and experiencing the Lord on an intimate level. That to me, as a parent, is priceless! I have known several youth then feel the need to serve during the summer when they came of age to volunteer. To me SWO has encouraged the youth to grow spiritually and to stand on the front lines for Him. I have seen tremendous growth coming from our youth due to the impact of SWO.
The added bonus to SWO is all the activities they provide for the children. It truly is an experience that they will NEVER forget!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience with Snowbird began many years ago...don't actually remember the year ,but it was before they started the summer camps and had the winter weekend retreats in the barn....my guess is 2000.It was an unbelievable spiritual adventure.We bunked in the barn,had sandwiches there,went over to Cataloochee to ski.But the awesome thing was the staff and their instant connection to the students. Steve Coleman and Brody quickly caught,and kept,the interest of the youth. We went home refreshed and full of God's spirit. I was super excited when my youth group expressed an interest in going to Snowbird's summer camp . What a change!The staff has worked so hard to create the perfect setting ...with a lot of help from The Great Creator!! Again,the atmosphere was electric with passion for the Word. Steve and Brody do not mince words..they teach the Biblical Truth,but in a way that young people find challenging and positive. The camp itself is awesome.The one-on-one with counselors was inspired, and my young people found new friends and new role-models the week in Andrews. I commend Steve Coleman and his staff for remaining true to their vision.The adventures are awesome...loved puddle -jumping and even the Zip-line...the music was fabulous...the skits dynamic...and the drama at the end of the week was magnificant!! If ever an organization deserved acclaim and support it is Snowbird...our young people are hungry for the foundation it supplies so beautifully!

Missy B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life has been touched by snowbird an so many ways!!! To see that there are Godly men and women out there that want to love on other teenagers in a purely Godly way, just blows my mind. They have the best youth and leadership!!! I have seen teens change thier lives from a week at Snowbird and have seen adults decide to give it all to Christ because of the work that they do!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Members of Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters have been blessing the children, staff and volunteers of Orphanage Emmanuel in Guaimaca, Honduras, for many years. Team members come with hearts ready to serve Jesus in any way asked of them. They particularly enjoy ministering to our teenagers by leading Bible studies, organizing exciting activities and leading worship services. Several team members have even returned to Emmanuel to serve as longer term volunteers. We are thankful for Snowbird's participation in our ministry.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is absolutely amazing. My youngest son, Seth, attended a camp at SWO the summer of 2010. Seth has always been very quiet and reserved and was not at all interested in attending a camp where he did not know anyone. But in April 2010, his older brother, whom he was very close to, was killed in a tragic accident. Our family was devastated but attempted to trust God through our hurt and confusion. Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters invited Seth and his cousin to attend camp in May 2010. Seth was very apprehensive but attended with encouragement from our family. What he found when he arrived was an awesome team of caring people that loved the Lord and embraced Seth as if they had always known him. Seth's healing began the day he arrived at Snowbird and he came back a new teenager. He continues to grow in his faith and understanding and I can't begin to express the gratitude we have for Snowbird and their staff. They truly are dedicated and continue to practice what they preach.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was a chaperone of my son's 8th grade class that went to Snowbird for several days. Wow. The hearts of the people there are tremendous. And they relate (deliberately) to the students in great fashion. I thought at first that maybe they wouldnt but they engaged with the students and made friendships and realtionships that revolved around Jesus in such unique ways.

Their skits and worship were over the top - really making you think and trust God. Watching 8th graders rasie their hands in worship brought tears to my eyes!

The fun parts were just as cool - rafting, jumping off a pole, swinging high in the air - I think I had more fun than some of the kids!

Great place!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Just wanted to take a minute to tell you about my experience with Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters. From the first phone call thru the final departure at SWO, the staff helped us. They made registering for camp a simple process. They helped us come up with funding ideas and then they worked with our youth daily to insure a great time at Snowbird. they made each of us feel special. I had the opportunity to spend time one on one with several staff members, just talking about our youth and what was happening with them.

David Coxe
Assoc. Pastor
Northside Baptist Church
Starke, Fl.

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Faith G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I chaperoned a youth group trip to SWO in summer of 2010. The entire youth group had an amazing experience. The SWO staff is knowledgeable, engaged, and energetic. The events, programming, and facilities are among the best we've ever experienced. Snowbird's policy of one on one interaction and small group involvement engenders an intimate setting for youth to open up, share, and grow in their relationships with Christ. We had five youth give their lives to Christ that week and many others come to a closer relationship with Him. I have recommended SWO to many others, and will continue to encourage my church to continue to attend this camp every year.

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Hannah M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have gone to Snowbird since I was in middle school. I am now a sophomore in college and this ministry continues to have an effect on my life. The people there are very relational and make you feel right at home. Snowbird offers many fun activities for the campers and it is a huge drawing card for groups every year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I attended their yearly couples marriage retreat in 2009/2010. Our 2 teenagers attended their youth summer camp in 2010. Of course we liked being able to check them out before our kids came up. Let us just say that Snowbird is so much more than a retreat or a camp, it is truly a real life changing experience. The staff have such an amazing radical love for Jesus. The scenery is beautiful in the mountains. The adventures are great. The best part of all..God is there. We have all been challenged as a family to grow spiritually..what a blessing! Also would like to add that some of the staff come on the road and recently spent the weekend here in our hometown making Discipleship Now at the local high school a success, yes they came all the way from North Carolina to our little small town of Perry Florida...600 miles just to spend the weekend with our kids. The guys and girls stayed in our homes and did bible study with our youth group. They did skits for our kids Friday nite, played with our kids Saturday with recreational games. They continued bible study with our kids for Sunday school. They lead praise and worship with their band ,Brody preached at our church Sunday, what an amazing service. They all touched our hearts in this community. I don't know of another group more that is more set apart and conformed to the image of Christ than the amazing staff at Snowbird. Or anyone more deserving, they are real servants of Christ.

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Joel B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Professional, Christ-centered, Servant hearted outdoor wilderness camp describes the ministry of SWO. Snowbird has provided a safe, loving, and fun environment for myself and my students in the past to enjoy the outdoors as well as learn about God's great outdoors. Over the years of attending SWO I have experienced students growing more interested in God's creation and much more so in the gospel. At a time in my life that I felt isolated and in need of companionship, the staff of SWO surrounded me with great love and support.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a great Bible based, Bible taught youth camp. It is solid in the word of God. It has great activities to which appeals to youth, and while there enjoying them, they are exposed to God's Word on a continual basis during the day. It is a life changing week for anyone who visits. Can't wait to return each summer.

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Lena P.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was first introduced to SWO 11 years ago, when I myself was in high school. God used this non-profit to explain His radical love for me through the person of Jesus Christ. I met folks who authentically loved Him and me. Over the years, I developed close friendships with many of the long term staff who continue to be a source of encouragement. For example, I now work for another non-profit in response to what i learned about Jesus at SWO. The staff is still faithful to write me letters of encouragement with prayers and Scripture. I wonder how aimless in this life I would be had they not been faithful to share the joy that only comes from Christ with me.

Sarabeth K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters has played a huge role in my life. I attended camp at SWO for 5 years starting in eigth grade. Those 5 weeks I spent at camp help transform me into the person I am today. There are two main things that I love about SWO, the activities and the people. There are so many oppertunities to do awesome activities while at camp. I always chose canoeing, puddle jumping, and white water wrafting. But there are many more activities to choose from such as tubing, wakeboarding, mountain biking, reppelling, and many more. And the second thing that I love about camp is the people. SWO is filled with full-time and summer staff who are crazy about the Lord and are so excited to lead teenagers closer to Him. It was because of these people that I grew so much closer to the Lord each summer I went to Snowbird. And whenever the week of camp would come to an end, I wished I could just stay and never leave.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a fantastic Christian organization that host camps year round for youth. They are unashamedly Christian and are bold in their faith. They have a deep passion and love for students. During a typical week of camp the staffers pour their lives into the students. They provide 3 great meals a day, adventure recreation including white water rafting, 2 worship services a day, breakout sessions. My students absolutely feel in love with SWO five years ago. This summer will make summer number 6 that we have been to camp there. I would recommend this camp to anyone who is looking for a solid Christian camp. I LOVE this place.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters excels at purposeful investment in the lives of young people. both their campers and their counselors. They create an environment of community and mutual respect. The property itself is beautiful and well-maintained, but the primary focus one feels when on campus is the commitment to their purpose of loving, training, and developing youth.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Never in my life have I been involved with a ministry that challenged me to grow spiritually the way Snowbird did. Bunking the typical view of sedate Christianity the camp confronts you with the fact that being a believer is an adventurous, difficult, vivid life. The staff bears a compassion for the campers that is unrivaled, and the result is genuine, one-on-one relationships in which campers find themselves experiencing the radical love of Christ.
I attended the camp as a camper, a chapperone, and as a part of the staff. Everyone I've known who has been a part of this ministry has been impacted by Christ's work there.

Review from Guidestar

Kathi J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Nestled in the Nantahala valley of NC, SWO is a camp designed to disciple youth into a deeper relation ship with Christ. The permanent staff have a deep and well-articulated faith that they share with carefully-selected summer staff of 150-200 college and upper high school students. The training at this level is intense. These students, in turn, while growing in their faith, talk, walk, play, pray, cry, and nurture 300-400 middle and high school campers each week for nine weeks. It is a life-changing experience for staff and campers each summer. (And a lot of fun!)

Client Served

Rating: 5

Like so many have said, Snowbird is such a life-changing experience. I remember the first time I went in '08... I had recently started going to a new church the fall before and still didn't know anyone in the youth when signups were. Of course my mom signed me up, but at the time, I did NOT want to go. However, from then to the day we left, I had grown closer to everyone, but I was still unsure about SWO. But as all my friends had told me, SWO was well beyond what I had expected. The staff made me (as well as everyone who came) feel so welcome and that they actually cared about ME. The worship services were so wonderful, and the many skits the staff put on to get complex ideas easier to understand. Brody and Big Kahuna spoke so deeply about God's love and how one can love God in return. That one week taught me so much about myself and others and God. And since '08, I have gone back to SWO two other times and am preparing for one last visit as a camper this upcoming summer.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is a community of believers that help facilitate a place where you can grow in your faith, be challenged to be more than you are toaday, or take your first step on your journey of faith.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Anne Tully is a really good friend of mine! The way she talks about SnoBird and how the Lord has impacted her life in drastic ways through her experience, is so encouraging to me!

Kristin M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Snowbird is not just a camp, not just a retreat destination, not just a fun outdoors getaway. Snowbird is a life-changing place. In high school i attended my Junior and Senior years, and both years left a stronger person with more knowledge and courage to combat the world so desperately seeking to bring me down. Every single person working, volunteering, or serving there was uplifting and dedicated to the Lord, you could feel the love for each of Gods children in the words and there actions. We were offered many one in a lifetime activities and In-your-face truths straight out of Gods word. I rememeber to this day the dramas that depicted Jesus resurection, the raw truth of what Jesus did for me, and others that moved me to tears, no matter how hard i tried to hold back. The spirit of the Lord FILLED the place and overflowed into every receptive heart there. I left with a feeling of knowing that Jesus was a very fesible person, i left with a closeness with my God that was awakened in Praise, Worship, and preaching. I also left with a friendship that sticks like glue to this day. A friend that stood beside me on my wedding day 6 years after i left camp. I returned to Snowbird in Nov of 2010 to go to the Marriage Retreat, i was very apprehensive. A little after a year of being married, my marriage was facing the end, we felt it was over, we were facing divorce. A devastating feeling, this was our last ditch effort to salvage a failing marriage. The teachings, the people, the lessons on love, money, stepping up, being the Wife God created me to be, hit my heart so hard, i knew a drastic change was the only way we could save our marriage. i just didn't think it could be done. We were both heartbroken and confused. We really thought Divorce was the only was we could ever be happy. Brody and LIttle took time and sat down with us, as well as probably 50 other couples individually. We talked and prayed, and they just told us Point blank what had to be done. Brody told my husband was had to be done, and Little assured me that the romantic feeling would return in time, if i was faithful in trusting is God and doing as he told me to do.
Snowbird changed my life, honestly, no clique intented, not just once, but twice. Snowbird gave me the tools and encouragement to save myself, and to save my marriage.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the incredible opportunity to attend camp at Snowbird and it was a lifechanging experience. The people are so real and so encouraging, so ready to do anything they can to minister to you and help you in whatever way God wants them to. It was a really fun weekend with so much to do and be involved in, i not only enjoyed myself but also learned a lot. I was definitely impacted by the godly and Christlike attitudes of the people who make Snowbird possible.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi! My oldest son has gone to camp at Snowbird several years. He honestly looks forward and talks about it all year long. It not only provides him with a opportunity to try things he might never get a chance to do elsewhere, but all of the staff make a special effort to get to know each individual during their stay. They challenge him to be his best at each physical challenge as well as be the best young man that he can. They have taught him to be a true man of God, not only in word but also in deed. To live his christain life out loud and show God's love to others in all circumstances.

After returning home, he still hears from the staff on his birthday and they occasionally visit our church. This is his senior year in high school and we thought he might not be interested anymore but he has already asked about going especially since this will be his last year.

This year not only will my oldest son be attending Snowbird, but this will be his younger brothers first year and their father will be attending for the first time for our church's men's retreat. It is truly a wonderful camp and their heart's are in God's work. I truly hope that they win!

Kristin F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Snowbird is a wonderful camp that has touch the lives of many people. They have a beautiful setting in the mountains of North Carolina and do beautiful work serving the Lord.

Review from Guidestar

Nicole R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters is a place like no other. When your there you feel as is all that matters is what is going on between you and God. Everything back home, is back home, not with you. A week at Snowbird in the summer, is a week of continuous growth in your relationship with the Lord. NO where else can you find that kind of comunity feeling that you get while your at Snowbird. I love Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters! Without SWO I'm not sure where I would be in my relationship, if I still had one, with God.